Message of Grace
October 2018 | Vol 11 Issue 10
Articles are due the 15th of the
month preceding publication.
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A Word from Pastor Andy
Pastor Andy
Trunk or Treat Oct 20th
Decorate your trunk and bring some treats to hand out or just come with your kids, grandkids or neighbors and join the fun. Please bring a donation for the food pantry. Starts at 5:30.
How We Care
"Every time I think of you I thank God for you. I have joy in my heart every time I ask God to help you. I thank God for the joy we share in telling the good news from the very first day until now.”-Philippians 1:3-5

Stewardship is a word we use a lot in the church but don't often define. The word means to care for something. Each day we care for people and things through our jobs and our homes. But as Christians we have a unique calling. We recognize that God calls us to care for the world because he cared for us first. A member recently reminded me that “stewardship is everything we do after I say I believe.” Once we recognize that Christ gave up his life for us, it changes how we live our lives. It changes us to understand that all that we are and all that we will be is because of God.

The month of October is our stewardship month. We consider how God might be calling us to give of our time and resources. I am grateful for the ways that this community has given so generously of themselves over the years. It's an honor and privilege to be your pastor. I pray that God would help you continue to find ways for you to give of yourselves both inside and outside of these walls. I look forward to how God will continue to use Grace Lutheran Church to change the world.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Andy
Three Sisters Share a Garden at Grace
Linda Davis, Colleen Vineyard and Rita Popenhagen are sisters and long time members of Grace. Together they care for the corner triangle garden near the southeast church entrance. The sisters grew up in Grace in the 60' and 70's and later married and raised their family in the local areas. All three have been very active members at Grace throughout the years.
Linda has been a member of Grace since 1962. She was confirmed and married twice at Grace. Her daughters were also baptized and confirmed at Grace. Linda is a mother of two women. Both are married and live in Chicago. Kelsie is a comedian/actor and is married to Jason Madeja. Kendall was an executive chef before becoming a mom. Now she is an independent chef. She is married to Dave Bryson. Linda shares that she works for Country Financial in McHenry and is a self taught beginning drummer since 2009. Linda has been a Sunday school teacher, usher, fellowship ministry, choir, projector operator, counter and has served as the Divorce Care ministry leader.
Colleen Vineyard , has also been a member of Grace Lutheran Church all her baptized life. Like her sisters she went to Sunday school, confirmed, and married at Grace. Her children and husband were also baptized and confirmed at Grace. Colleen attended Richmond schools and met her husband Donnie in high school. They started dating in 1979, married in 1986 and together have two adult sons who are now married themselves. Colleen and Donnie currently live in McHenry. She shares they are very blessed. Colleen enjoys working around her yard, going on vacation anywhere there is a pool or ocean for relaxation and to Las Vegas for entertainment. She loves her family, friends and Grace. She dislikes the high humidity and little creepy crawly things.
Rita and David Popenhagen live in Richmond and have been members of Grace since 1984. They and their children Jill and Dan, came to Grace from St. John's in Hebron. When the garden ministry started, the "Davis girls" adopted one of the first gardens and they have tended to the triangle garden by the southeast entrance ever since .

If you are interested in the Adopt-A-Garden program or have questions, please contact Deborah Billig or 815-271-5342. 
Davis Sisters' Garden - Rita Popenhagen, Colleen Vineyard and Linda Davis
WELCA Annual Conference Report
On Saturday, September 22, 9 women from our congregation travelled to Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvard to attend the WELCA 30th Annual Northern Illinois Synod Convention. The theme of this year's convention was Hope for the Homeless and the keynote speakers were Carrie Freund, Director of Homeless Services, Pioneer Center for Human Services/PADS and Elena Margan, Guest Services Coordinator – Pioneer Center for Human Services/PADS.

Ms. Freund’s presentation stated facts regarding the Homeless in the US. She said 554,000 people are homeless in the US. Of that number 193,000 live on the streets, 369,000 are single, 184,661 are part of homeless families, 86,962 are disabled, 40,056 are veterans and 40,799 are unaccompanied children!

Ms. Margan shared some of her life experiences that led her to have a passion for supporting the needs of the homeless. They also brought a former client who shared his life experiences and the help he received from Pioneer Center.

The business meeting was highlighted by the election of Nancy Rice as Vice President, Carol Sauter as Secretary, and as Treasurer, Penny Miller

It was noted that there is no representative from the Northeast Conference on the Board. [We are a part of the NE conference] If any woman is interested in serving in this way, please contact me and I can give you more information.
Bishop Clements presented our morning message. He reflected on the sculpture of Jesus as a Homeless Man sleeping on a park bench. We need to see the face of Jesus in the faces of our fellow humans. "Truly I tell you, whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me." Matthew 25:40,45 [Want to know more about the Homeless Jesus? Look it up on-line " Homeless Jesus Wikipedia ]

Submitted by Sandy Messick
Upcoming Events, How You Can Participate
Outreach Cafe October 28th
Our next Outreach Café will be on Sunday, October 28th from 8:30-9:30. All funds raised will be donated to PADS, Habitat for Humanity, Richmond Food Pantry and our Haiti Mission. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for their support to purchase food and supplies. To help out or donate food, see Tina Peterson. Live Generously!

Outreach Café Contact: Tina Peterson,
PADS begins this month- can you help?
Thursday, October 4th is our first PADS hosting opportunity. The homeless guests from all over McHenry County come to St. Joseph's Catholic church in Richmond every Thursday for meals, a place to sleep and get out of the rain and cold. A different church sponsors each week (ours is the first Thursday), which includes providing a hot meal, setting up sleeping accommodations, overnight supervision, breakfast and clean up. We are also responsible to launder the bedding and return it before the next Thursday. If you would like to help out, contact Curt Bjorklund at the number or email below.

They are always in need of NEW underwear, t-shirts and socks for both men and women. Please do NOT bring used clothing - they don't have any room to store them and neither does the church.

Thank you for your continued support.

Curt Bjorklund, or call 815-529-7746
Trunk or Treat Saturday, Oct 20th - Join Us!
Decorate your trunk or van, load it up with treats and come on over to Grace October 22nd for Trunk or Treat! Dozens of children will show up to admire your costumes and Halloween decorations and of course collect a few treats. Or just bring your kids, grandkids, neighbors' kids and have some fun! We'll have food and prizes too. No admission but please bring a non-perishable food item for the Richmond Food Pantry if you can. 'Treating' starts at 5:30 until 7:00.

Call the church office (815-678-3082) or email Pastor Andy ( ) for more information.
Stewardship of Giving
Jesus sat down outside the temple, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44

The temple leaders would be pleased with the offering of the rich. These would be the funds to pay the temple expenses and still have money left for other ministries like feeding the hungry and helping the sick. Truly the temple was blessed to have such rich and generous members!
Jesus, however, was looking at the situation from different angle. He was more interested in the giver than the gift. While the rich folks were dumping bags of money into the treasury, they were giving “out of their abundance”. They could have afforded to give more, perhaps a lot more. The poor widow, on the other hand, only had a couple of small coins. This was money she could have used to buy extra food, an additional blanket to keep the cold away, or even keep it in case money was tight later. Instead, she gave from her heart, and put it in the treasury.
Truth be told, most of us are like the rich men when it comes to giving. Not because we drop sacks of money in the collection plate (wouldn’t the church treasurer love that!). No, we tend to give from our excess, an amount we would not miss. It’s as if we are giving God the leftovers, after we have already feasted. What if we invited God to the feast?
Consider your giving. Is it like the rich men, only giving what you will not miss? Or does your giving come from the heart ?

Submitted by Ray Yoder

Stewardship: “Everything we do after we say I Believe.”

Bits and Pieces from the Church Mouse 
Just think… pumpkins , apple cider, trees turning colors and putting on a sweater. Well, I guess it is that time of year when the temperature is getting cooler. I love this time of year, don't you?
If you are looking to volunteer, PADS is looking for you. For more information, please contact Curt Bjorklund at 815-529-7746.

Trunk or Treat will be on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5:30 pm to
7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church. Hmmm... there will be food available and the proceeds go towards the food pantry. You know me if there is food, I am in. The fun part is you get to decorate your trunk, bring a treat to hand out, dress up and bring a donation for the food pantry. What fun is that! Get your creative juices going!

Have you seen the beautiful sunsets? I have and they are worth saying “ooh and aww”. God is certainly a great artist.

See you next month and stay warm !
Bible Study Opportunities
Women's Friendship & Faith Monthly Bible Study

What: We will use Max Lucado’s Life Lessons Series to study Romans. We will read about how the earliest Christians were lead by Paul to learn to make better choices. We will be reminded of the importance of a relationship with God to help us make better choices in our own lives.

Who : Women who want to grow in faith and share fellowship with other amazing women

When: Second Monday of the month at 7pm at the church, starting October 8th for 12 months.\

Where : Grace Lutheran Church Library

Cost: $7 for the book.

Please contact the church office or Thorey Ellis at (815)276-2456 to sign up so we have enough materials.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who
love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ” Romans 8:28

Women of the ELCA - WELCA
Here we are just on the cusp of fall and planning our agenda for the next few months.
- Our guest speaker from the Richmond Fire and Rescue Squad gave a presentation of what the department handles and the gear necessary to wear and carry depending on the nature of the incident and the weather conditions. The presentation was very informative.
- A special welcome to guest Nancy Keppel. Nancy has been a member of Grace for many years. Hope she visits us again.
- Funds received from the Sentry (Market Place) receipts to be distributed.
- Special thanks to the many volunteers who manned the Ministry Fair tables on Sunday, September 9 th . The presentations were very informative, and hopefully, there is something available for everyone to get involved in.
- Several ladies will be checking with different restaurants to handle our Christmas luncheon on Saturday, December 1 st and will give their reports. Weather conditions and menu will be considered.
- Sandy Messick will be giving a report on the Synod Convention held at Trinity Church in Harvard on September 22 nd .
- Sandy Yoder gave an update on the Capital Improvement Committee’s plans. Cost and what can or can’t be done are factors which must be considered. Sandy will keep us updated.
- Regarding having a Craft/Vendor Fair this spring (April or May) will be discussed by Lois Randall.

Upcoming dates of interest:
Servant Trip
Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation Montana
August 24, 2019-August 31, 2019

Spring Retreat at LOMC
April 27, 2019

2019 WELCA Convention
September 21, 2019

A Gathering in Phoenix, AZ 11th Triennial Gathering
July 16-19, 2020

- Our next meeting is October 8, 1pm in Fellowship Hall (the ‘big’ room). After adjournment of our meeting, we will have a social time to enjoy our dessert and coffee provided by our hostesses Joan Rzonca and Carol Heuer. Remember to bring your own soup, salad, sandwich or fruit.

Contact Sandy Messick for more information. 815 354 6521
Remember –
- PADS is reminding you to bring new clothing for the homeless (socks, underwear, hats, scarves, gloves) or a McDonalds or Burger King $5.00 gift card, which provides both food and shelter. Put in bag or box and put in Luther Hall next to freezer. See Curt Bjorklund if any questions.
- put your tabs from cans into a small plastic baggie – bring to church – drop into marked container in hallway to office.
- save Sentry Market Place receipts and drop into container in hallway to office.
- drop coins into jar on WELCOME counter. Money will be given to the food pantry for food and staples

- Volunteers Needed
Coffee service volunteers are needed for several open Sundays. If interested, please see Jan Heynis or Pat Peterson for details. They will advise what dates are available and will give you instructions, which are easy and that you will not be alone. If there is no coffee service on a particular Sunday it is because no one has signed up to serve.
As you all enjoy our coffee service and goodies, we rely on your generous free will donations to purchase coffee and supplies. On Café Sundays, additional funds received are added to the money collected for PADS, Haiti, Habitat for Humanity and Food Pantries.

Thanks –
– thanks to Tina and Dean Peterson and crew of volunteers who bring us the Breakfast Café each month. Most volunteers are at church by 6:00 – 6:30am to prepare the delicious food we eat. Thanks you all for doing such a wonderful job at these breakfasts. All of the food and supplies are either donated or purchased with Thrivent Action Team funds. All of the free will offerings are divided up and given to our missions: Haiti, PADS, Habitat for Humanity and the Food Pantry.
- thanks to all who attended and helped with the food packing ministry at Lutherdale.
- thanks to all our members and volunteers who give freely of their time and talents to keep our church home running smoothly.
- It is so heartwarming to see so many new-young faces and families in our church. Could it be we are a warm and welcoming church? One thing is for sure – we have a wonderful young family Pastor who inspires us.

Dates to Remember in September –
Monday, October 8th – Columbus Day
Monday, October 8th – WELCA meeting 1:00pm 
Saturday, October 20th - Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 28th – Café Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 am
Wednesday, October 31st - Halloween

- remember our armed forces men and women who are away from their homes, families and loved ones. Never forget our Veterans who gave so much, some with their lives, to protect the freedoms we have today.
Quick notes, reminders, who to contact
Electronic Giving is Easy Download and print the form here. Fill it out and return with a voided check to the church office. Forms are also available in the Narthex at church. Please note that if you wish to donate to the building fund or other specific causes you will need to write a check or use cash as before.
People of Praise Rehearsals Mondays 7:00 - 8:00pm
Director, Danielle Cairoli
Sunday School at 9:30 for children age 4 through 5th grade. The children start in the sanctuary with their families and after the children's sermon, they go to their classes and return in time for communion. Call the church office for more information. 815-678-3082.
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.

WHEN: Thursdays at 6:30pm through November 15th but you are always welcome to join us when you can. Cost is $15 to cover the cost of materials.

Call to sign up or click here to sign up online.
Contact: Linda Davis 815-347-5982
ALPHA is our confirmation class open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders and is led by Pastor Andy. We meet Wednesday nights beginning with a meal at 5:30 and then enjoy a time of learning and fellowship. Register your children in the church office or contact Pastor Andy.
August Giving: $15,467; Average Attendance per Sunday: 133